The first preaching by Peter on the day of Pentecost (Acts. 2: 14- 40)
Effect: Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. ( Acts.2: 41-42 )
Progression in Judea
Acts 4: 4 And the number of the men was about five thousand .
Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.
Acts 6:1 In those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied.
Furtherance to Samaria
Acts 8: 4- 5 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria , and preached Christ unto them.
Acts 8: 25 And they (Peter and John), when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans .
To the uttermost parts
Acts 11:19-21 Traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only .
When they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus .
STARTED SENDING OUT MISSIONARIES
Church in Antioch sent out missionaries first.
Paul and Silas were sent ( Acts 13:2-3)
(All missionary Journeys of Paul were from Antioch)
Church in Thessalonica an example in evangelism .
From them spr ead to Macedonia and Achaia (1.The.1:8)
Church at Philippi was example for supporting
Supported financially in spite of difficulty (Phil:4: 15)
“ The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.”
Oswald J Smith
PASSION FOR SOULS
Every Christian must be a soul winner.
Do the work of an evangelist ( 2.Timothy 4:5 )
One must feel that he is a debtor
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians (Rom.1: 14-15)
Woe is unto me, if I preach no the gospel .
For though I preach the gospel…. ( 1.Corinthians 9:16)
Do you feel guilty, if not speaking the gospel?
Then they (The lepers) said one to another…….. (2. King 7:9)
Is it a time to receive money, and garments… (2.King 5: 26)
( Where there is no vision, there is no passion, where there
is no passion there is no action . - Alan Redpath )
TRAINING FOR EVANGELISM
Jesus said ; I will make you fishers of men ( Mat.4: 19 )
“ Evangelist” a gift to the Church ( Eph. 4: 11 )
Bible schools can give degrees; but not a heart to win souls;
Do not equate degrees with dedication for soul winning.
The Church (Elders) must be convinced before commenting
them (Acts: 13: 2)
They also must prove it in the home assembly ( Acts. 16: 1-2 )
Duty seems more outside the church; where can find souls.
( Where is their duty; inside or outside the church ? )
Surely the training equips one to be a good evangelist
2. THE SPHERE OF SOUL WINNING
Authority or power
Acts 1: 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both n Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth
Home mission- Do you neglect it ?
1. Among your own household
2. Among people of your home town
Jesus Said: Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, (Mk.5: 18-19)
Distant or overseas mission ?
To the uttermost part of the world ( Mat.28:19 )
Home mission the first priority ( Jerusalem )
Have you tried to win your unsaved father, mother, brother,sister, husband, wife, or children to the Lord?
a. A father (head of the household) could bring his children
Cornelius (Acts.10: 33) Jailor in Philippi (Acts.16: 32) Crispus (Acts.18: 8)
b. A mother could bring her children to the salvation
c. A brother could bring his brother to the salvation
Andrew brought Simon to the Lord. (Jn.1: 40-41)
d. Husband /Wife could bring his/her spouse to the salvation.
(1. Pet. 3: 1; 1. Cor: 7: 12- 14)
( Don’t be like Cain ! “Am I my brothers keeper”? Gen.4: 9 )
3. THE MISSION FIELD
Mission in your home town ( Judea )
Philip findeth Nathanael (of the same city) John 1: 44-45
a . Jesus came to his home and hometown (Luke 4:16)
b. The Samaritan woman went to the city men (John 4: 28-29)
c. The demon- possessed man went to the Decapolis (Mk.5: 20)
d. Timothy was holding a good testimony among his
country men (Acts.16: 2)
e. The Sunday school teacher can lead his/ her students
( Sunday schools, VBS, CEF all are ways to win children )
(Prove at home before gets commented for distant mission)
Mission to the uttermost part of the world
(Foreign or Distant mission)
An obedience to the call “to the uttermost part”
The Three missionary journeys of Paul the Apostle
(All began from Antioch and first and second ended at Antioch)
Acts 13:2 The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul
for the work whereunto I have called them.
1 st Journey - AD.47-49 ( Acts. 13:2- 14:26 )
2 nd Journey - AD.50-53 ( Acts. 15:35- 18: 22 )
3 rd Journey - AD.53- 57 ( Acts.18: 23- 21: 3 )
The home church have the moral responsibility to support
The evangelist have responsibility to the church to report.
4. WHAT IS GOSPEL
Gospel is the “ good news ” or “ good tidings ” (Lk.2: 10-11) Man not the author of the Gospel (Galatians 1:11) was promised in the Holy Scriptures (Rom.1: 2) Now brought the life and immortality to light (2.Tim.1: 10) It is the gospel of Grace (Acts. 20: 24)
The different names called for the Gospel of Grace.
Gospel of the Grace of God (Acts. 20: 4)
The glorious gospel of Christ (2. Cor.4: 4)
The glorious gospel of the blessed God (1. Tim.1: 11)
The gospel of peace (Eph.6: 15)
The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (2.Thes.1:8)
The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mk.1: 1)
The Gospel of Christ (Rom.1: 16; 15:19; 29; 1.Cor.9: 12; 18)
The Gospel of God ( 1.The.2: 2; 2:8; 9; 1.Pet.4: 17; Rom.1:1; 15:16 )
What is Gospel ( The definition from the Bible itself )
2.Timothy 2: 8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
1.Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
(If the vicarious death on the cross for the forgiveness of sins; the burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for justification if not preached; it is not the gospel at all)
The Gospel of the Grace of God is different from
1. Gospel of the Kingdom ( Matthew 24:13-14 )
(Began to preach by John the Baptist and then by the Lord himself, but postponed since the king was rejected and so the kingdom also postponed)
2. The everlasting Gospel ( Revelation 14:6-7 )
(The gospel of grace is not entrusted or could be preached by the angels)
3. “Another Gospel” (Which is not gospel at all- Gal 1: 6-9)
(Eg: The Christ who gives the prosperity, Bondage breaking, demands to do the work of the law for perfecting salvation etc,.)
GOSPEL MUST BE PREACHED
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!(Romans 10:17)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
( Rom.10: 12-17; Isaiah 52: 7 )
References from the Acts of the Apostles
Peter preached on the day of Pentecost (Acts. 2: 22)
Apostles (Acts. 4:33; 5:42)
Those who were scattered by persecution (Acts.8: 4)
Philip in Samaria (Acts. 8:5) and to eunuch (Acts. 8:35)
Peter and others (Acts. 8: 25; 10:34)
Paul began to preach (Acts.9: 19)
5. REQUIREMENTS TO BE AN EVANGELIST
Assurance of his call ( Gal.1: 15-16; 2: 7-9 )
One must do it as if a priest doing the offer ( Rom.15: 16 )
Gospel must be preached freely ( 2Cor.11: 7 )
He must not try to please men or institutions ( Gal.1: 10 )
Service acceptable to God, and approved of men . ( Rom.14: 16-18 )
He must not be ashamed of the gospel ( Rom.1: 16 )
He must be willing to suffer for the Gospel ( 1.Cor. 9: 12 )
Never abuse the liberty . ( 1.Cor.9: 18 )
“ If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice that
I can make can be too great for Him” – C. T. Studd
Requirements to be an evangelist (Conti..)
He must walk uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel
( Gal.2: 14 )
“ To live Christ is more important than preach Christ ” Robert Chapman
He must be sure of what he preaches. ( Gal.2: 2 )
“ Lest by any means I should run, or had run in vain ” Apostle Paul
His hearts desire must be that they might be saved. ( Rom.10: 1 )
“ The faith that cost nothing, demand nothing, is worth nothing”.
He must preach the Christ crucified ( 2.Cor: 1:23-24 )
Baptism necessarily not the duty of evangelist ( 1.Cor.1:17 )
Must preach with urgency; but never manipulate for decision.
( 2.Cor. 6: 2 )
Ten examples from the life of Paul ( 1.The.2: 1-12 )
1 . Was bold in God to speak the gospel of God (v.2)
2. The exhortation was not of deceit or uncleanness, nor.. (v.3)
3 . Was not pleasing men (v.4)
4 . Never used flattering words (v.5)
5 . Never sought glory from men (v.6)
6 . Was gentle among them (v.7)
7 . Was willing to impart own soul (v.8)
8 . Never tried to be a burden for them (v.9)
9 . Walked holily, justly and unblameably (v.10)
10 . Exhorted and comforted like a father . (v.11)
Can we claim these virtues in our ministry?
6. In selecting the people or place for evangelism
Desire to preach where Christ is not preached
(Often Gospel is preached to the same people or places again
Not on an another man’s foundation ( Rom.15: 20 )
To preach beyond the regions ( 2.Cor.10: 16 )
To find fruit among new people ( Rom.1: 13 )
Desire to move to new places ( Rom.15: 23 )
“ Why should anybody hear the gospel twice before others hear
it once.”- Oswald J Smith.
7. Method of Evangelism
Can you make use of advanced developments for evangelism?
Have not the invention of printing press made copies of Bibles,
books or tracts easy availability?
Have not the communication, Computers and transport made it
easy to reach people?
That which is not harmful, why we should not use?
Yet some of the old methods can never become obsolete.